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Ardbeg Distillery


2022 Update - Ardbeg Distillery Tours recommence in March 2022 and the distillery visitor centre is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5pm.

They offer 

  • The Tour & Wee Taste - Tour of the distillery and 1 sample tasting. Cost £12 / Mon - Fri at 10am & 3pm / Duration: ~45 mins
  • Warehouse 3 Tasting -  Several tastings direct from casks in the warehouse. You can taste whisky not available in the shops. Cost £75 / Mon - Fri at Noon: 12:00 / Duration: ~1h r 45 mins
  • Core Range & Tasting - A distillery tour followed by a tasting of 5 expressions of Ardbeg. Cost £25 / Time: 12:30 / Duration: ~75 mins

TO BOOK – email [email protected] - It’s advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Ardbeg, like Bruichladdich, is a distillery that was completely closed down in 1981 and left to decay until 1997. The distillery has now been extensively refurbished and you would never guess that it was once abandoned. The disitillery manager lives on site so there is a good chance that he will be guiding your tour.

Ardbeg is the peatiest of the Islay malts so you may find that is an acquired taste, but once acquired it will probably become a favourite. The distillery is in a very picturesque location and, like most of the Islay distilleries, has warehouses that sit right on the seashore with waves lapping against them.

A nice feature of the tour is that you get to taste the product at the different stages of it "development". You can sample the beer like "Wash" at the first stage of fermentation, then there is the pure unmatured spirit as it comes out of the stills into the barrels, and finally you may taste some of the finished Ardbeg malt.

Even if you don’t go on the distillery tour we would still recommend that you visit Ardbeg for its excellent restaurant the Old Kiln Café, which is open from noon to 4:30pm. The visitor shop is also well stocked with lots of clothing in the attractive olive green Ardbeg colours and Tartan.


Ardbeg Distillery, Port Ellen, Islay, PA42 7EA. Tel: +44 (0) 1496 302244

Operated by:

Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy

Opening Hours:

Visitor centre is open Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm. At time of writing, we were still waiting for 2022 Tour schedule to be released.


Ardbeg Distillery Tours will hopefully restart in February 2022 - Check website for updates:






Some areas unsuitable for wheelchairs






Yes - Open from 10am - 4:30pm. Lunch menu served from 12:00 - 15:45, and its highly recommended.

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